Dog Itchy Skin Home Remedy Options

Last Modified on Jul 16, 2014

Ginger   1  0   

Posted by Mamaknocks (Downers Grove, Il, Usa) on 01/07/2010

[YEA]  A GINGER, 550mg capsule cured my dog's inflamed, itchy skin in 5 minutes. A MIRACLE MINUTES, thank GOD! After a long, miserable, sleepless night...peace and quiet.

Posted by Rina
Seattle, Wa
did you mean a ginger supplement or just raw ginger? Could you please be more specific? Thank you.
Posted by Mamaknocks
Downers Grove, Il
4 Posts
Just a regular ginger capsule. I put it in a "Pill Pocket" that are sold by the bag at pet stores. My dog will take anything that I put in those little things! He thinks it's a treat. Ginger is wonderful. If he has an upset tummy, it cures that just as fast as it does itchy skin!

Homemade Dog Food   0  0   

Posted by Leslie (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 02/09/2013

I have only now found this website and think it's wonderful. Many posts are years old however the problems seem to be the same year after year - so I thought I would give this information for those who are interested.

Dogs that itch terribly, pull their fur out, scratch their ears till they are inflamed, lick and pull at their paws, and more, may have a yeast infection. This is for males too.

A website that addresses this is: http// I have found it to be perfect for my Chihuahua and all his problems including this one.

Homeopathic Remedy Psorinum   1  0   

Posted by Om (Hope Bc, Canada, Bc) on 07/02/2013

[YEA]  My thirty pound Tibetan spaniel kept itching so badly for at least two months. He gets defleaed daily just by combing and ACV spray. It became so bad I put on my thinking cap.

Years ago I contracted scabies on my arms due to animal rescue matters. I used homeopathic PSORINUM 30C. I less than half an hour all was gone, not to return, several years later.

I had planned to use Ted's remedy for mites after doggie had his grooming and trimming for the summer. I could, however, not wait and look at it any longer.

So I gave about four little globules of PSORINUM 30C which is a scabies remedy even though I thought he might have other mites as well which are transmitted by fleas.

I had to observe him and as he resumed scratching after several hours' interval, I had to give the remedy up to five times more. But now, two weeks later, he only scratches when I find a flea upon investigation. I am also using DE in the house which has apparently made a difference.

So, PSORINUM, could be tried for mites or simply bad scratching episodes. It certainly is worth trying, especially the cost is about ten bucks.

I would never consider cortisone shots which damage health or flea treatment that poison the blood. Does anyone realize how many dogs have died in the drug trials before that drug was let loose on the maket? Dogs that receive regular blood poisoning flea treatments, do not live out their normal life span. This was confirmed by a dog breeder who mentioned his German Shepherds live only eight years while reguarly given this drug.

Also, I must make mention of Ted's remedy BORAX. I tried as a shampoo on my fine hair and was amazed how soft, bouncy and shiny was the outcome. Now I will use it regularly on myself and doggie as well. I leave the borax paste on for several minutes, then rinse. Voila. It does away with itch, too. Treats for mites, too.

An altenative is soap nuts. Info online. Best wishes to EC posters. Om

Medication Link   0  0   

Posted by Michelle (Normal, Il) on 08/25/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  itching dog: I have tried everything to cure my dog of his itching and I think it is the flea and heart worm medicine called Revolution that is causing it. I just now found a list of side effects and "pruritus (itching), urticaria (welts, hives), and erythema (skin redness)" was listed. I am going to get him some old fashioned heart worm pills and find an alternative flea preventer.

Medications, Dietary Changes   0  1   

Posted by Diane (Chardon, Ohio) on 01/22/2011

For the dogs ears an all natural product that really works is vets best ear relief wash and dry. Keep the ears dry. My groomer recommended enyzme pro to add to food and I am trying that. (botanical dog) Also, if your dog has really bad sore skin try looking at dermagic-wonderful products to put on skin.

Try to avoid any steroids or cordisones because they only will help short term and will rebound with worse skin worse than when started.

Posted by Kathryn (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 01/21/2010

[NAY]  Itchy Old Dog

The old dog is so tired of scratching and I've tried everything else. I've changed her dog food 3 times. She had a raw scaly bottom and tail about 6 months ago and the vet cost $300.00 for shampoo, cephalosporin and prednisone. Her fur grew back but now she's itching non-stop and starting to get really stinky even after I use the $85.00 shampoo. Don't know if it's mange but am going to see if the cure works!

Wish me luck!

Posted by Adrian
Los Angeles, Ca
When doing food, make sure it is grain free, especially CORN! This will help you a million times over. Also, many dogs that have food allergies are allergic to chicken, so it may help to go with Buffalo or some different protein source.

But if the issue is just itching... it could be an environmental allergy, which is a whole new bag of worries.

Neem Cream   1  0   

Posted by Linda (Dublin, Ireland) on 02/12/2010

[YEA]  cat eczema

my cat had a burn like streak down his back. i thought it looked odd but he didnt seem to mind it. when i took him to the vet he said it was eczema and the dry patch was from over licking caused by the itch. after my initial shame of not noticing i decided to take charge of his skin asap. i work in a health store and bought neem indian cream as i had used it myself on dry skin. the results were amazing. the cat hated it but a couple of times a day i attacked him and within a week or so no more dry skin. it did reapear on his face and again a couple of times a day cleared it up.

Remedies Needed   2  0   

Posted by Kay (Jax, US) on 06/04/2014

Pup has been scratching ever since he was at the breeders. He is on Triflexus because he is a border collie and they are known to have bad reactions to other heart worm meds and not this one. Because he has been on both no grain foods and now grain foods, it doesn't seem to make a difference, he still scratches all night and during the day. I was wondering if Tea Tree Shampoo would help him? I have been using a shampoo with Oatmeal, no help. Is over the counter Benedryl safe for a 3 month old puppy?

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Kay!

My experience with high end grain free diets such as Orijen left my pack's coats dry and dull; switching to a different diet with more carbs helped, as did adding oils.

So, does your puppy have flakey dry skin? If so try adding oils to his kibble. Evening primrose might help, or salmon oil or flaxseed oil.

If your puppy does not have flakey dry skin, you may need to look further; are there fleas about? Do you have new carpet? New carpets may have oils and irritating chemicals on them as they cure and gas off. Consider your laundry detergent that you use for towels and puppy beds.

And, where is he scratching? Meaning if he is trying to scratch his collar off its because he isn't used to wearing a collar. Be careful to avoid reinforcing scratching behavior by paying too much attention to it! You have a super smart breed, and it is easy to inadvertently reinforce a behavior in the quest to be a good dog mom.

Finally, it never hurts to balance the ph by alkalizing! Try 1 teaspoon baking soda into 1 liter of water for a week as the only drinking water and see if this has any effect; it might be the simplest thing to do and it might bring the most effective result.

Posted by Kay
Jax, FL Usa
Thanks so much for the advise, Theresa. Yes, I have been feeding my BC 1 full cup of his EN 3 x per day. He no longer has the diarrhea but yes he goes to the bathroom a lot. I also noticed with the change to EN his bowells are now hard. So, I have taken the Orijen and put 1/4 cup and the remaining cup with EN. This seemed to help. No it is not his collar as while in the house he does not wear it. His skin is not flaky. I did think about fleas, but like I said is on Triflexus. I think I will add a little fish oil into his food, it can't hurt. I do add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin now.

What do you think about the Tea Tree shampoo? When I had my GSD she was allergic to almost everything and had skin issues. The only thing that helped her was the Natural Balance salmon and sweet potato food and than she won't totally veggies when she came down with DM, which eventually was her end. The veggies gave her coat a shine and the skin issues left. I would have preferred having skin issues than DM.

Since my 3 month old BC is just starting out, I actually thought of giving him a more veggie diet. Packaged foods are not the best, but it is easier on me.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Kay!

I wonder if the BC breed evolved eating sheep dung. Seriously. I think a high veggie diet might not be out of line.

As for the shampoo - I think adding baking soda to the water would get you faster results, but I don't see the tea tree oil shampoo hurting as long as its formulated for dogs; I know folks who just add tea tree oil to a bottle of shampoo, but I worry that going that route might end up with a concentration that dries the skin. Also it might be more effective with an ACV rinse after the bath.

I am going to try giving my allergy dogs herbal yucca; yucca has anti-inflammatory properties and may help allergy dogs not itch so much.

Posted by Kay
Jax, FL, Usa
Theresa, thanks again for your input regarding itching for my BC pup. I still have him on the EN and Orijen mixed and only feed him now 2 x per day with one cup (3/4 EN to 1/4 cup Orijen) with tbls pumpkin. Seems to have helped his digestive system. The itching I haven't done anything yet about. Did not get the Tea Tree shampoo for dogs. I may try the ACV in a rinse but concerned about the acid level in this may dry skin out.
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Kay!

And ACV or plain white vinegar rinse would help to balance the PH of his skin and in that way would work to reduce the itching.

Posted by Teresa (Nashville, Tn.) on 03/31/2014

My Shih-tzu is 4 years old. She has been getting a flea pill every month, but just in the past two weeks she has been itching near her private area and back, and her ears. I might of been bathing her too much and got her oils all messed up. But wanted to know what I can do now to help her from itching all the time. I don't want her to make herself raw. Thank you for any help.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Teresa!

You might want to try bathing/dipping your dog in Ted's Anti-Staph/Anti-fungal solution:

You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [Buy the brown bottle from the drugstore, which is a 3% solution, and then pour it into a larger jug and then fill up the empty brown bottle twice with purified/non-chlorine water and empty that into the jug and now you have a a big jug full of 1% solution]

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide; when I am treating a dog for the first time I quadrupple the batch so I have enough to fully bathe the dog. Apply to freshly bathed and still wet dog - ideally you would stand her in the tub and use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution and keep pouring it over her for 10 minutes. It is important that you do NOT rinse. then put her in a crate with no bedding so she can drip dry. The solution is still active and *workgin* until she is fully dried. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. Then once her whole body has been treated you can make up a small batch and put it in a spray bottle and try spritzing the particular areas as often as it seems to be needed.

Make sure you keep an eye on her ears and keep them clean as ear problems seem to go hand in hand with itchy skin this time of year.

Posted by Susi (Atlanta Ga) on 12/22/2013

I got a 7 week old micro potbelly piggy with a skin schaffing. It like cradle cap. And she won't stop scratching. Any remedies or solution would be great. Keep in mind it's winter.

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
561 Posts
Hey Susi!

Check out EC's pages on cradle cap:

Also check out the EC page of remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Please report back and let us know what worked for your piggy!

Posted by Tinker (Surrey, Bc Canada) on 04/12/2013

I have a7lb. Yorkershire terrier, silky purebred. We've been dealing with an itchy rash for over 2 years. Have exhausted all the vet Rx including allergy and steroid injections. Now he's getting vanectyl P 1/2 twice daily. He is gaining weight and needs to pee very frequently, often can't control and leaks.

I have tried many different foods and now is on Royal Canin Anallergenic food. But the rash is still there. On his back he has scabs but his front has red and puss like rash.

Frustrated, please help.

Posted by Clondon
Lakewood, Ca
Really sounds like a food allergy. I would get off that royal canine or the vet food and consider Raw feeding, you can buy pre made raw! My pugs used to suffer with skin yeast and ear conditions and since switching to raw they both are very healthy!

Posted by Sarah (Crown Point, Indiana) on 12/13/2012

We have 3 indoor only cats. Lucy is our youngest cat being about 3 years old and we have had her since she was young. About a year ago we noticed that she had a small scab on her head (in between her eye and ear) that started to get bigger and bigger due to her scratching. We thought that perhaps it didn't heal because she kept scratching the scab off and so we got her an e-collar. We waited until it healed up completely and then took the e-collar off. She scratched the same spot raw again. We thought perhaps we took the e-collar off too soon and put it back on to heal again. We removed the e-collar the second time and she scratched her face raw again.

I did some research online and thought perhaps she developed a food allergy. So I put her on diet for Sensitive Skin... No change. After more research, I put her on Duck Dry Food. Again, she is still scratching her face raw and living life in the e-collar. I took her to the vet and they gave her a shot of pregnisone. I the shot was supposed to work for a couple weeks, but only stopped her scratching for about one week. They checked her for ear mites and fleas - and she was clean. Our other two cats have no problems. I then tried a liquid skin irritant formula and it seemed to work. She was scratch free for a few months even after we stopped giving her the Natural Pet's liquid.

After about three months of being scratch/scab free she started scratching again. I started her back up on the Natural Pet Liquid and this time it did not work. :( I also switched all my household cleaners to non-toxic all natural or organic cleaners. I have never switched her off of the Nature's Balance Duck Formula this whole time. I took her to the vet again and had a blood allergy test done. She tested positive for a couple types of weed allergies but that doesn't explain why she is scratching her face raw because she is an indoor pet and it's winter. The vet also gave her a strong shot of antibiotics which didn't help either.

Then we tried giving Lucy Atopica - the "claritin" for cats. No change whatsoever... She is still scratching. They tested her urine for diabetes and she tested negative. I also tried a itch spray (which she hated) and putting caps on her back claws... all to no avail.

The only other symptom, which comes and goes, is that she sounds semi-congested and will sound like she is clearing her throat. Her behavior is good and hasn't changed a bit. She still purrs regardless of living in the e-collar. We are at our wits end and have tried almost everything!!!! Can anybody help???

Posted by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa
Have you tried organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) yet? Put a teaspoon undiluted into her food each time you feed her. Also, dilute it 1/2 and 1/2 with spring water, put the solution on a cotton ball, and carefully & gently wipe the sore on her cheek. If the sore is open and oozing, DO NOT use the ACV. It needs to heal first, using prescription meds from your vet. Only after it has healed, can you start swabbing the area with the diluted ACV.

There are tons of links about using ACV here on EC. Just search.

Posted by Mellybell (Ohio) on 09/27/2012

My English Setting has been eating a lot of spiders and "thousand-leggers" in the past 2 weeks-yuk! - and for the last week he's been really itchy, has a skin rash, and just doesn't seem to be feeling well. I asked our vet if the small amount of toxin in each bug could be building up in him and messing with his system, but she didn't think so. Any ideas on what we can do to help him?

Posted by David (Melbourne Australia, Victoria, Australia) on 03/05/2012

Hi my name is David from melbourne australia. My dog pepsi started getting itchy spots that started of red and then black and scabs. She itches all night and day then the hair disappears in those spots. I have been to the vets and the gave her a course of anti biotics and a cortizone shot and I also washed her several times with honey and oatmeal soap, nothing really worked. I used dermaid cream from the chemist which helped but now it's started again on her stomach and legs. I was just reading about apple vinager cider. Does it really work or does mine sound like pepsi has a mange type of disease? I am very lost at the moment so any help would be great. Poor pepsi is also a stroke victim from years past, but she has so much spirit, even with this and her legs not working properly she is still so happy. Can someone help?

Posted by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
26 Posts
Dear David: The problem your dog has sounds just like the problems we had with ours since last May. She was diagnosed with demodex mange plus some unknown (most likely) food allergy. We are on our way to a recovery but let me tell you it takes some time and patience. It is not finished yet but the hair is growing back and she is a lot healthier and lively. She still itches but we don't know if it is the itching that all dogs have or if it's abnormal. Hard to tell.

Anyway, here is what we did. My very first advice to you is stop vaccinating!!! Read the following web-sites to start with:

http://raraCvisherb/com/mange.pdf (this site shows up if you put the following words into google: Canine Mange A Holistic Approach

The second advice is to start on a raw meat diat. You'll find plenty of books and internet infos.

The third advice find yourself a homoeopathic vet who will be able to detoxify all those vaccinations, antibiotics, cortizone and other bad things which have ruined your dog's immunesystem and start healing her immunesystem.

You'll find plenty more advices on this website from earthclinic. Some we tried and some helped.

If you would like to hear more, please, feel free to contact my via mail: marianne-jaedick(at)

Good luck, Marianne

Posted by Jeane
Quezon City, Philippines
2 Posts
Hi, David! I think apple cider vinegar is great taken orally, but you may want to try white vinegar on her externally. We make our own shampoo by mixing about three caps full of white vinegar into the most natural soap we can find here. We actually use bar soap and dissolve it in water then pour the little bit of vinegar in to make the shampoo. We prefer to use bar soap as that's the only soap made from coconut oil that we can find in the market. We keep whatever extra we make in bottles and use the shampoo for every bath. We also make a spray of white vinegar in water for days in between baths. We make this spray a bit stronger though and also rub the solution into the skin for a more thorough application. But for flareups that may still be tender and may sting with vinegar, we use warm tea instead. Hope this helps your Pepsi!

Posted by Kerbar771 (Tampa, Florida, Usa) on 11/24/2011

My 11 yr. old daschund was walked on the front lawn last month and in less than a week, he was biting himself. He doesn't have any fleas, but he has two big bald spots on his back, and it is scaly dry skin flakes. It is around his face as well as his feet and portion of his tail. I cannot afford the vet but have been reading all these remedies. I have tried some sulfur medicated shampoo which seems to help for about a day and a half or two, but it goes back to the scaly. I have bought him a cone collar so he does not bite himself.

I had used the Apple Cider Vinegar one time which I had noticed the next day it flaked his skin so badly I had to rub him down with olive oil, and then tried some coconut oil. Had to give him another bath about 4 days later. The dryness is around his eyes I feel so bad for him. His appetite is great, he eats anything. He is still active but he looks awful!! Is the Apple Cider Vinegar supposed to flake the skin so badly? Would the borax solution do the same thing? I changed his food 2 x, I had got him the good stuff which did not make a difference. What can I do for his face???

Posted by Deb
St Paul, Mn, Usa
Itchy dog: our 12 year old mutt, Colby has had skin problems for years. Everything I tried would help somewhat, and within months he would be back to his itchy, stinky self. Two things I have started in the last 3 months have helped considerably:

1. grapefruit seed extract - several drops mixed with coconut oil and put on his worst spots once daily for about two weeks.

2. I also started him on a supplement called Animal Immugen (can't say the company) once daily, and oregano oil in his food. Only a drop of oregano oil a few times a week is all I could disguise.

He looks beautiful, and I have only been bathing him every 10- 14 days, which is miraculous as it used to be every 5- 7 before the smell drove me insane.

I'm pretty sure it was yeast that just never totally cleaned up. I think we may have killed it off!

Posted by Meagan
Lakewood, California
Kerbar771: I have the EXACT same problem with my dog! I have noticed it will get better and then worse again but cannot tell any consistency or reason in the changes. This is driving me crazy! Did you ever find a good remedy?

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